Jul 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Cliff Lee will miss next start for Philadelphia Phillies with neck injury


Cliff Lee has been showcasing his talents to a lot of potential buyers as the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to deal him soon, but he won’t be able to deliver another pitching performance before the trade deadline.

Todd Zolecki, beat writer for the Phillies on MLB.com, reports on Twitter that the left-hander will miss his next start on Saturday with a neck injury.

Lee has been a bright spot on a Phillies team that has underachieved in a mediocre National League East, holding a 10-4 record with a 3.05 earned run average. The 11-year veteran is ranked 14th in the majors with 131 strikeouts. He’s given up just 22 walks so far this season.

Raul Valdes (his last name is misspelled on Zolecki’s tweet) has been called up previously this season and pitched in 11 games for the Phillies. He holds a 7.59 ERA and has given up five home runs already, the second-most in one season in his career.

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